Heating A Conservatory - What Options Do I Have?


Even with rising global temperatures, a conservatory in britain will need heating whether it is to be used all year round.

There are many heating options for conservatories, and also the best choice will depend on various factors particular in your project.

Conservatories can have high heating requirements, on account of large expanses of glass, outside walls and ceilings. Greater heat loss will occur through glass (even specialist glass like Pilkington glass, or gas filled glass) than via a standard interior or exterior wall. Similarly, conservatories are susceptible to more extreme heat variations than other rooms. In the event the sun disappears and the outside temperature drops, good efficient heating enables continual use of a conservatory.

There are many options available for heating conservatories:

 Electric underfloor heating;
 Piped underfloor heating escape a boiler;
 Additional radiator by using an extended piped hot water central heating system system;
 Independent electric radiator;
 Additional radiator by using an electric central heating systems; and
 Trench radiators.

The suitability will depend on how a household utilizes a space so it is crucial that you consider both the advantages and disadvantages when deciding on the right heating selection for your conservatory.

And, whichever option you go for, it is essential that the particular heat output required is calculated, to ensure the temperature in the conservatory is kept at the comfortable level.


Underfloor heating This approach is available in two formats: electric (dry) and heating (piped hot water).

In general, underfloor heating provides a warm floor and may equally act to radiate heat upwards to the conservatory to provide even warmth in the room, with no space lost to radiators.

However there are a variety of negatives to be aware of when considering underfloor heating for the conservatory.

 Conservatories tend to have high ceilings and big expanses of glass in accordance with their floor area; so underfloor heating often isn't sufficient to heat some conservatories throughout the colder months. Additional heating including radiators may be required.
 Underfloor heating takes a long time to heat up, so planned instead of spontaneous use of the conservatories inside the colder months is needed.
 This slow response time can also result in the conservatory becoming hot and taking several hours to cool down.
 Certain flooring are best avoided for usage with underfloor heating - like carpet, which will insulate the heat and stop it rising, or timber, which is prone to split or warp when combined with underfloor heating. Tiles or engineered timber flooring (including laminate) make the perfect choice instead.
 Piped underfloor heating systems in many cases are only an option in the design stage in the build and due to the disruption and labour involved, installation costs can be prohibitively expensive. Also, installation must be carefully co-ordinated with the construction of the conservatory itself.
 Electric underfloor minimises installation costs as it is easier and more convenient to install and can be fitted retrospectively, though with the slow response serious amounts of the cost of electricity still being more than gas, running costs could be relatively high.

So for many homeowners, underfloor isn't a suitable option leading these to look for alternatives.

Electric radiators A well known and straightforward option to heating a conservatory is adding an electric powered radiator. As you won't need to extend any pipework, it eliminates the disruption and value of installing or extending a fully piped, wet system. Electric radiators really are a perfect solution:

· If there's not already a central furnace in the rest of the house;

· Unless you want to extend the present central heating system from elsewhere in the home to the conservatory; or

· If you need additional heat within the conservatory.

The market in electric radiators has boomed during the last few years and as a result selecting electric radiators has increased significantly. Many shapes, sizes and finishes have become available ranging from minimalist flat panels in white, ultra modern spirals in chrome and traditional surefire designs.

Due to the large amount of glass, conservatories often lack wall space; so electric radiator options now include low-level and tall, skinny wall-mounted designs along with floor-mounted options.

Electric radiators offer efficient performance and the nature of their design means they can bring a room around temperature relatively quickly, compared to other options such as underfloor heating.

Extending your piped central heating system and adding a radiator Adding another radiator in your central heating system is a great choice provided you already have a main heating system that can be extended.

Radiators, if they are central heating or electric, is capable of the necessary heat output required a conservatory completely due to their increasingly powerful.

Following the boom inside the interior decoration industry during the last 20 years, radiators are available in a vast assortment of designs and finishes, in styles to accommodate any interior whether it is contemporary or traditional.

There happens to be a wide range of radiators which are popular for heating conservatories, where the heat output required is high, yet wall surfaces is limited. A wealth of vertical models are available that can utilise otherwise unused space, short radiators are now often in heights to look underneath windowsills in conservatories and bench radiators provide option of combining your radiator with a piece of furniture.

Modern radiator valves have followed suit having a wide variety of models accessible to match any radiator, alongside giving the option of thermostats that ensure a room never gets too hot and heat isn't wasted.

Trench Heating A less recognised option, but effective none the less, trench heating comes with a toasty warm room with all the benefits of radiators, with no loss of wall or floor area. A trench provides a site to get a radiator below floor level with a stylish grille being placed too much at floor level allowing heat to convect up with no slow response points during the underfloor heating.


With there being many factors affecting heat loss in conservatories, your conservatory supplier or heating engineer is most beneficial informed to work out simply how much heat is needed to maintain your conservatory warm. Failing that, a genuine underfloor heating or radiator expert can work out the approximate heat outputs required, using the information provided by you - e.g. dimensions, materials, etc.

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